Welcome to Week 5! In previous weeks, we have addressed what the data says and how to have various conversations about the data. This week we are learning about factors that impact student achievement: Student diversity and School structures. Student diversity factors include elements such as ethnic heritage, socioeconomic status, and special needs - students who are English learners, gifted, on I.E.P’s, or even on 504 plans. Gaining a better understanding of researched best practices and strategies that work for subgroups can foundationaly provide the catalyst for positively influencing student achievement. Understanding School Structural Factors, such as schedules and staff placement, can also impact student achievement. Keeping all of these factors in mind helps School Leaders make better use of the data, in order to both identify practices that
are effective and determine needed changes.
This week we will have an Individual Reading Assignment. Also, we will Jigsaw Read one chapter each that will be used to create a Chapter Summary Guide . This will allow our class team to cover more material for a deeper understanding, while maintaining a manageable workload. Each student will read through all Chapter Summary Guides prior to composing an Achievement Factors Analysis paper analyzing how your school is doing in regards to addressing these factors.
If you are not currently teaching in a school, you may apply this to a PK-12 school with which you are affiliated - be
prepared to collaborate with someone in the school to obtain accurate information.
Note: If you are currently pursuing the Administration degree, this is a process that can be replicated and applied to
actual building level data and counted as a Log Activity .
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